Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ancestry in America

This map shows the ancestry of the population of America throughout each state by majority.

Part of me was accustomed to certain areas of the map - for example the African American population in the Southern States; I knew it was going to be prominent due to the forced migration of African slaves in the early 1600s to the early to mid 1800s. Another part of the map that I was expecting to see was the amount of Mexican/Hispanic ancestry that is along the border between America and Mexico. Primarily this is because the countries are bordering each other and immigrants from Mexico moved across the border much like the Europeans did to the Northeast - for a better life, jobs etc. It wasn't until the early-to-mid 1800s that America wanted control over all of the Spanish/Mexican controlled territory in the Southwest (including, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas) and resulted in America now owning what you see you at the bottom left of the map.
The English relationship around the Northeast of America was that of the British being one of the first people to take over a a large chunk of what is now American land. One part of this map that took me by shock was the amount of states by majority have German ancestry. When I first saw the map I was expecting the teal blue that took over most of the territory to be American or Spanish. It appears that it was most Germans that fled from Europe due to wars, religious freedom and a collapsing monarchy - however this shocked me to say the least.

One of the things I love about America is the diversity of the country. With that has come thousands of different cultures and people within those cultures to create different ways of life. I think that America is so powerful due to the amount of people that aren't just American, but come from a huge range of backgrounds. This also makes it a lot more appealing and interesting to read about, to visit and to think about. With more culture and more diversity I think they are able to go further as a country and achieve more.

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